Only a few days before the start of the Euro, the France team has just learned very bad news concerning a key element of the workforce. Injured, the latter will miss the competition, as revealed in a press release published on Friday.
Unlike other selections relying only on a few stars, France can be satisfied with having several players accustomed to the high level. A characteristic that allows him to approach Eurobasket 2022 with great ambitions, despite the announced absences of Nicolas Batum and Nando De Colo. However, other packages could impact the performance of the Blues during the tournament.
Even before the start of preparation, it is Victor Wembanyama who first had to give up on the competition. A relative hard blow, given the lack of experience of the French prodigy on the international scene, but also the many other interesting profiles available to Vincent Collet in painting. A second big name, however, has joined the infirmary in recent hours, and must also leave his teammates.
Victim of pain, Frank Ntilikina forfeits for the Euro
This Friday, a few hours before the friendly match against Italy, the French team announced via a press release the injury of Frank Ntilikinaforced to give up the Euro:
Currently in Italy, as part of the preparation for EuroBasket 2022, with the French men’s team, the playmaker, silver medalist in Tokyo, Frank Ntilikina, is forced to forfeit. The Dallas Mavericks player suffers from pain that does not allow him to be physically at 100%.
Without offering further details on the nature and area of this injury, the medical staff therefore decided to do without the services of the back of the Mavericks, precious during the last World Cup. Without him, the hierarchy at the post of leader becomes clearer, with the only survivors Andrew Albicy, Théo Maledon and Thomas Heurtel. One less problem to solve for Vincent Collet and his staff, who must still regret this sad news.
Note that the coach would not intend to call a new player to compensate for this absence, including for the qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup:
The player will leave the squad on Saturday from Bologna. He will not participate in the preparation meeting, this Friday evening in Bologna against Italy. Vincent Collet, has no plans to replace him, for the moment. The France group is now made up of 13 players. As previously announced, Ismaël Kamagate is expected in Montpellier as a training partner.
From now on, Frankie Smokes will try to regain all of his abilities in the coming weeks, just to start the new NBA season in the best possible way under the colors of Dallas!
Interesting because of his profile as a big defender on the back posts, Frank Ntilikina will therefore not play the Euro with the France team. It’s up to Vincent Collet to find the right adjustments to make this absence little, if not harmful!